Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Lori Quakenbush
Affiliation:Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Arctic Marine Mammal Program
Title:Satellite Tracking of Bowhead Whales '06-'10: What We Have Leaned
Date:Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Location:Elvey Auditorium, 214 Elvey Building
Host:Todd O'Hara


In 2005, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) began a cooperative project (with the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and the North Slope Borough, funded by Minerals Management Service) to study the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort stock of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus). In order to study movements, habitat use, and behavior relative to industrial activity, 58 satellite transmitters have been placed on bowhead whales in Alaska and Canada, 2006-2010. Many of the tags were deployed by Alaska Native subsistence whalers and their boat drivers. Several tags have transmitted 12 or more months allowing us to track individual bowhead whales throughout the year in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. Tagging in consecutive years has allowed us to look at the variability in movements and the timing of movements among years. Several areas of concentrated use have been identified throughout the range of bowhead whales, and interactions with industrial activities have been documented.

About the Speaker:

Lori is the leader of the Arctic Marine Mammal Program of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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